In a country like India, psychology is still a word which is more common in College, University curriculum. Even few decades back, mere consulting a psychologist was considered ‘troublesome’. But now, with rapid digitisation and understanding of critical subjects, being a psychologist has become an interesting profession. When you add the word ‘criminal’ to a psychologist, the whole aspect gets a new dimension.
In India, there are only a few criminal psychologists who are working with the stand alone cases. No doubt, ‘criminal psychologist’ demands exquisite precision and understanding of criminal psychology. No doubt, the name Anuja Kapur has become synonymous with criminal psychology in India.
Anuja Kapur is a Delhi University Graduate and did her bachelor’s in Psychology and after that she joined Delhi Public School as a student counsellor. Later on, she got into the Criminal Psychology and did her Masters in same stream. The zeal to learn more led her into another course in Forensic Science from Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Science and University of Delhi under the able guidance of Dr. Surinder Nath.
As of now, she has been invited by almost all leading News Channels like CNN, Republic TV, IBN7, BBC Hindi, AajTak, NDTV, ABP News, India News, News X, News Nation, Zee News for her valuable inputs on various issues – whether it is women empowerment, rape or any kind of violence in the society irrespective of gender or age.
As far as Print Media is concerned, she has been featured in various leading brands like The Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Deccan Herald, India Today, The Pioneer, Punjab Kesari, Dainik Bhaskar and others, magazines like Greh Shobha, Greh Laxmi, Debut Life and various portals. In social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, netizens keenly follow her views and interpretations.
Recently Anuja Kapur joined an initiative by India Today “I am Shakti Pledge” a movement for women safety and empowerment where she discussed about conditioning the society and change their mind-set where they learn to treat women as another human being with an equal right to live with dignity.
In the domain of advocacy, she has achieved great success. Recently, she has filed a PIL against the unlicensed pubs and restaurants in Hauz Khas Village, Delhi who are serving the liquor without the liquor licence and No Objection Certificate (NOC). The PIL was heard by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of High Court, Justice G. Rohini and Justice Sangeeta Dhingra. They gave the notice & directions to the concerned authorities.
Anuja Kapur also filed a Criminal Writ Petition in Bombay High Court as a Petitioner (Advocate in person) in the most brutal case of model and minor cigarette burn Pune case where influential persons are involved. Justice Ranjit Moore took a cognizance in this case and directed Advocate Anuja Kapur and congratulated her for assisting the case without any personal benefits & bringing it to the notice of the court.
As a victimologist too, Anuja Kapur is a popular figure. She has got an International Diploma in Victimology from, The Tokiawa International Victimlogy Institute, Japan. She is also the founder of “Nirbhaya Ek Shakti” which is working tirelessly in “Victim Assistance”. The NGO provides assistance to all the victims in form of Counselling, Legal Aid, Vocational Courses, and Rehabilitation irrespective of age, caste.“NIRBHIYA EK SHAKTI” aims to work for all the victims and help them to live back their normal lives.
Anuja Kapur was awarded the best Criminal Psychologist by Bollywood Actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra at International Excellence Award 2017 in Goa. In 2016, she was given the best Social Activist award in the Youth Icon Awards 2016 by Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. She was also honoured with the best Criminal Psychologist in Women Excellence Achiever Award (WEAA) in Jaipur. Anuja Kapur was adjudged the Best Criminal Psychologist in 4th KAF Awards of Global Business and Entertainment Award in Mumbai. In fact, she has received so many coveted awards.
In a domain which is male dominated, Anuja Kapur has been an exception. After all, India needs personalities of her calibre. Team Optimist wishes Anuja Kapur all the best in her future endeavours.